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Laughter IS Good Medicine

Research shows that laughter plays an important role in both physical and mental health. Laughter releases endorphins, chemicals in your body that produce an overall feel-good sensation. Families that laugh together feel closer to each other and overcome disagreements and frustrations faster. Use these ideas to have some belly-rolling laughter and fun as a family.

  • Act silly. Tell goofy stories about make-believe characters. Let kids tell stories, too.
  • Joke around. Kids love to tell jokes, so let them share their latest after dinner or on trips to sports practice or music rehearsals.
  • Shake up the routine. Make usual routines unusual, such as eating dessert first at dinner or watching TV upside down.
  • Supply comic relief. Wake your kids for school in a zany costume, or play a game after dinner that's sure to result in laughter. For laughable game ideas, go to
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